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Forcing the Church Books Open
« on: March 13, 2006, 04:44:03 PM »
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/111/12.0.html

One financial disclosure bill was killed in Massachusetts, but the debate lives on.
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Re: Forcing the Church Books Open
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2006, 04:48:09 PM »
Eh, the story will pop up again in another state in a slightly altered form.  One of the states will pass it, and then hold on for a few years worth of legal wrangling.
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Re: Forcing the Church Books Open
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2006, 06:59:04 PM »
I don't think they should be open to any government entity, but there should be full disclosure to the church members . . . without having to jump through hoops, or made to feel it's wrong to ask.  I know that many parishes have an audit committee and conduct annual audits by outside firms, but many do not.  That also should be a requirement.  That way there won't be any doubts or surprises.
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Re: Forcing the Church Books Open
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2006, 07:57:45 AM »
Full financial disclosure also gives the members an idea of what kind of situation the archdiocese is in in order to know how much of an appeal is needed, etc.
"If you are going to serve the Lord, be prepared for times when you will be put to the test. Be sincere and determined. Keep calm when trouble comes. Stay with the Lord; never abandon Him and you will be prosperous at the end of your days. Accept whatever happens to you. Even if you suffer humiliation, be patient. Gold is tested by fire and human character is tested in the furnace of humiliation. Trust the Lord and He will help you. Walk straight in His ways and put your hope in Him. " Sir 2:1-6